Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

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The final deadline for the Park World Excellence Awards is Wednesday 14 October. Don't miss out, enter now!

Now in its third year, the prestigious awards scheme invites entries and nominations from operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), together with manufacturers and suppliers with projects that went live in the EMEA region between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020.

Simply put together a statement to demonstrate to the judges why you deserve to win a coveted Park World Excellence Award – providing images, videos and documentation to paint a complete picture of your park, ride or attraction’s unforgettable experience.

In the spirit of the industry coming together to support each other, it’s important to note that parks also have the option of nominating their suppliers for an award and vice versa.

Entries and nominations should be made via the dedicated Park World Excellence Awards website by 14 October using the same simple, online form. Subject to meeting the necessary entry criteria, they will then be put before an expert panel of judges to select five finalists – and ultimately a winner – in each category.

Previous winners rate the experience highly

In 2019 Puy du Fou was awarded Live Entertainment on the Year. Speaking at the time, CEO Guillaume Gallaire said: “Firstly, it’s a great honour for Puy du Fou to be awarded for the second year in a row for best Live Entertainment production. This distinction crowns the great work performed by all our teams to deliver the best immersive, authentic and one-of-a-kind experience to our guests.”

Siam Park, meanwhile, was awarded Waterpark of the Year. Speaking to Park World after the event, general manager, Christoph Kiessling said: “It was an absolute honour and also a great privilege to be recognised within the industry with such an important award.”

The Mack family picked up not one, but two prestigious awards at the 2019 event – Large Theme Park of the Year and Water Ride of the Year. They said: “It’s great! We feel very honoured to be recognised with these two awards. Many well recognised colleagues have been in the jury which makes it very special for us. It’s great to know that industry experts reward our daily work.”

Dynamic Attraction and Thinkwell also scooped two awards – Media Based Attraction of the Year and Themed Attraction of the Year for Batman Knight Fight at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Cindy Emerick Whitson, Dynamic Attraction’s senior vice president of business development said: “Nothing feels better than to simply be recognised by your peers for the hard work of your company’s efforts in delivering a world class attraction. We loved delivering this news internally to renew the energy in the work force. Dynamic was fortunate to partner with such a prestigious park and creative designers to bring this incredible ride to life. We would like to humbly thank Park World for organising such an event.”

Hologate was awarded FEC Feature of the Year for Hologate Arena. Senior marketing manager, Dave Blank said: “It was a real honour for Hologate to be recognised as FEC Feature of the Year, especially considering the strong competition in the category.”

The first virtual Park World Excellence Awards ceremony will be hosted on the dedicated awards website on Tuesday 8 December 2020 – Don’t miss it!

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